Monthly Archives: February 2019

Apple iPhone X user? 5 tips and tricks

1) A more secure way to pay

With the iPhone X, you can utilise the Face ID facial security technology to activate Apple Pay, allowing you to secure online payments as well as in-store. This function takes a 3D scan of your face using the phone’s TrueDepth camera, which Apple claims is far more secure than the Touch ID fingerprint scanning tech it replaces. Head to Settings -> Face ID and Passcode, and toggle on Apple Pay, alongside any other features you wish it to work with. Once set up, double click the side button to activate Apply Pay, glance at your screen then hold your phone on the reader.

2) A control centre you’re in control of

From the Torch and Camera shortcut to the Apple TV remote and ‘Do Not Disturb Feature’, you can add in whichever applications you’d like to keep to hand instead of the default shortcuts. To customise your control centre, head to Settings ->  Control Centre -> Customise.

3) Slow apps? iPhone freezing? A forced reset could save the day

The Apple iPhone is essentially a computer and like many computers, it needs a reboot from time to time. A hard reset forces a reboot and can help when your iPhone slows down or freezes by fully closing down all applications and starting them up again from scratch – this does not mean wiping off everything you have stored. With no home button, the process for the iPhone X is slightly different to older models. To do so, press and quickly release the Volume Up button, then do the same for the Volume Down button. Follow up by pressing the Side button, and hold until the display suddenly shuts off — usually about 10 seconds. Release the side button once  your device shows the Apple boot screen.

4) 4K recording

The iPhone X is capable of recording video at 4K 60fps, offering quadrupled resolution. This setting, however, is not active by default. To enable head to Settings -> Camera -> Record video -> Change from 1080p at 30fps to 4k at 60fps. Please note that 4K recordings consume more storage (Around 10.5GB (5.1GB) for 30 minutes) so uploading your videos to your laptop or PC is recommended.

5) Smarter Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb mode allows you to choose when you want to receive alerts, call and notifications. For instance, you can head to Settings -> Do Not Disturb and turn on Scheduled. This means you could set Do Not Disturb hours to Bedtime which, when enabled, will dim your lock screen, silence calls and send notifications to During Bedtime in your notification centre until your scheduled Do Not Disturb ends. You’re also able to allow calls from specific contacts or groups so that you can be reachable in case of an emergency, while taking a healthy break from work.

To do so, head to Settings -> Do Not Disturb and scroll down to Allow Calls From. You’ll be able to choose from ‘No One, Everyone, or Favourites”, which can be set up in your Contacts app.

Time to upgrade? All new Samsung Galaxy S10 flagship revealed

In comparison to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 range, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are the first to offer a considerably larger display. The S10 has a 6.1-inch diagonal display — nearly as large as the previous Plus models — with a 19:9 aspect ratio while the S10 Plus screen is an impressive 6.4 inches. For those looking for a larger model, however, the innovative Galaxy Fold offers a whopping 7.3-inches. Despite the larger display, the actual dimensions of the phones are relatively similar due to a near bezel-less display. Resolution has been further improved since the S9 to accommodate the size increase, from  2960 x 1440 to a 3040 x 1440 QHD+ resolution. Both devices have curved top and bottom bezels, 3.5mm headphone jacks and USB-C charging ports.

Notably, the S10 incorporates the brand new ultrasonic scanner into the front display for luxurious unlocking, and packs the largest amount of storage yet (without the use of a microSD card). Starting with a minimum of 128GB storage, the S10 is also available with 512GB of storage. The performance of the latest phones should also improve with 8GB of RAM, pushed up to 12GB with the 1TB version of the S10 Plus. For previous owners of the S8 or S9 whose battery is no longer taking them through the day, the S10 features a powerful 4,100mAh battery with reverse wireless charging – allowing you to charge your earbuds or other devices directly from the device, neat.

Furthermore, both the S10 and S10 Plus feature a triple-camera system, previously the dual-camera was only available on the S9 Plus device. The latest devices offer a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel f/1.5 wide lens, and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide lens. Both also have a front-facing 10-megapixel f/1.9 lens, with the S10 Plus adding an extra 8-megapixel f/2.2 lens. In summary, upgrading to the S10 will benefit those looking for a superior device that provides a larger display, more storage and more power. Prices start from £799 for the S10 and from £899 for the S10 Plus, for more details, please get in touch!

A year of innovation: Samsung releases foldable smartphone

South Korean manufacturing giant, Samsung, has released the Galaxy Fold, a foldable smartphone that is claimed to withstand hundreds of thousands of folds. Featuring a 4.6″ Infinity Flex Display that opens like a book to reveal a larger 7.3″ display, astonishingly, without visible lines or crinkles. Available in both 4G and 5G versions, the Galaxy Fold is a truly innovative device.

Key spec overview:

  • Display: 4.6-inch Super AMOLED; 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED
  • Operating system: Android 9.0
  • Camera: 16-megapixel (ultra-wide angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle) and 12-megapixel (telephoto)
  • Front-facing cameras: 10-megapixel (F2.2), 8-megapixel RGB depth camera (F1.9)
  • Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Storage: 512GB
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Battery: 4,380mAh
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Wireless charging

Pricing and release date

 

Do you know how your data pool is being used? 5 key questions your business needs to be able to answer

  • What is the split of business versus personal usage?
  • What financial savings would you gain by enforcing policies on specific apps?
  • Where are your users around the world, and what data are they accessing?
  • Is usage compliant with legal regulations?
  • Are you able to control jailbroken devices?
Every business should have control of the devices entering their organisation, whether they are company devices or part of a BYOD programme. We can give you the advantage of unique visibility into data usage, through advanced analytics. Allowing you to easily identify areas for change, so you can take the first step in improving your telecoms strategy.
We partner with Wandera to give you the ability to not only understand what’s driving your next data bill, but to control it too. Whether your employees are spending too much time on Facebook or you’re haunted by monthly bill shock, we can help you create the business policy you want, allowing you to rest assured that your company devices are being used in the way that you intended. While the three C’s: Content Control, Capping and Compression are at work – you can sit back and watch the savings roll in.

 

Key benefits of data management

Gain universal control with the ability to manage all mobile acitivity, from which apps are downloaded to specific URLs you wish to block – even on jailbroken devices.

Not only can you pick and choose what you find acceptable usage, but you can create policies that apply to diferent groups in different circumstances, georgraphies or devices.

Heavy regulation across different industries means the risk of non-compliance can be expensive. Implementing a data mangaement solution means you can ensure usage is compliant with regulation and reduce corporate legal exposure in the event of unwarranted illegal or unacceptable behavior.

✔ You’ll be able to create custom notifications when certain thresholds are reached, giving you the visibility you need to set caps and wrestle control of data usage at the time it matters most.

✔ You can cut data usage by more than 10% by compressing data in real-time, in a way that’s undetectable to the end user.

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Vodafone Roaming Changes – Live from March 28th 2019

Here’s to more worry-free roaming…

From the end of March, worry-free roaming will include 44 more countries. That means you’ll be able to roam in destinations from Saudi Arabia to Morocco for just £5 a day, exc. VAT.

• These changes will be live from 28th March 2019
• Affecting all customers on the following plans: Vodafone Standard Bundle, Red Bundle, Essentials, Red Extra and Red Entertainment including SIM Only and Mobile Broadband and renewing customers on Business Plus, Freedom, Advance and Optimiser plans.


Vodafone Standard Bundle, Red Bundle, Essentials, Red Extra or Red Entertainment plans, key changes to note:

New Rest of World (ROW) destinations added to Roam-Further
• Afghanistan, Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam
+ Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina
• 
If you’re on a Red plan and currently using World Traveller (opt out), this will be changed to Global Roaming, a mandatory service e.g. you cannot opt out.

Roam-Further footprint
• If you did not have the expanded Roam-Further footprint, you will now be able to access your UK plan allowance for £5/day ex VAT in 104 destinations, previously 60.
• This includes 2 Albania & Bosnia (Previously Roam-Free destinations) and 42 new ROW destinations.

New RoW 1-4 zones
• Those still on the old ROW zones (USA CANADA / ASIA PACIFIC etc.) will move to the new RoW1-4 zones – this is a price reduction in the majority of destinations!

Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina
• Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina will move from Europe zone 2 to ROW1 for roaming, and from Europe to “Other Worldwide” destinations” for international calling.


Business Premier (2015), Business Premier Refresh (2016), Small Business Solutions (2017), OneNet Express, SOHO MBB, key changes to note:

New Rest of World (ROW) destinations added to Small Business Traveller:
• 
Afghanistan, Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam
• + Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Small Business Traveller
• Business Traveller is renamed to Small Business Traveller for Small Business tariffs. This remains optional. 

The footprint will be expanded from 60 to 104 destinations outside Europe including Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina (previously Roam-Free) and 42 new ROW destinations.

ROW 1
• 
Albania & Bosnia have been moved from Europe Zone 2 to ROW1. This means if you opt out of Small Business Traveller, you will pay ROW price per minute rates in these destinations. These two countries have also moved from Europe zone to “Other worldwide destinations” for international calling.

ROW 1-4 Zones
• 
Old roaming zones are moving from USA CANADA / ASIA PAC etc. to Row1-4.


Business Premier (2015), Business Premier Refresh (2016), Small Business Solutions (2017), OneNet Express, SOHO MBB, key changes to note:

New Rest of World (ROW) destinations added to Small Business Traveller:
• Afghanistan, Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam
+ Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Small Business Traveller
• Business Traveller is renamed to Small Business Traveller for Small Business tariffs. This remains optional. 

The footprint will be expanded from 60 to 104 destinations outside Europe including Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina (previously Roam-Free) and 42 new ROW destinations.

ROW 1
• 
Albania & Bosnia have been moved from Europe Zone 2 to ROW1. This means if you opt out of Small Business Traveller, you will pay ROW price per minute rates in these destinations. These two countries have also moved from Europe zone to “Other worldwide destinations” for international calling.

ROW 1-4 Zones
• 
Old roaming zones are moving from USA CANADA / ASIA PAC etc. to Row1-4.


New and renewing Business Plus, Business Advance, Business Freedom and Business Optimiser plans, key changes to note:

New Rest of World (ROW) destinations added to Business Traveller
• 
Afghanistan, Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Honduras, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam + Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina will move from Europe zone 2 to ROW1 for roaming, and from Europe to “Other Worldwide” destinations” for international calling.

For all new and renewing customers, the Business Traveller footprint will expand from 60 to 104 destinations outside Europe Business Traveller.
• This includes Albania & Bosnia (previously in the Europe Zone) and 42 destinations from ROW zones.


Existing Business Plus, Business Advance, Business Freedom and Business Optimiser plans, key changes to note:

Business Traveller
• No changes to the footprint of Business Traveller.

Europe Zone 2
• Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains in Europe Zone 2 and the Europe Zone for Business Traveller.

• For international calling, these countries will also stay in the Europe zone.

Honor View 20 – a cheaper alternative to the Google, Apple and Samsung flagship devices

Huawei’s latest Honor View 20 offers an unorthodox colour scheme and all-screen front for a whole new look.  As the first phone to offer a ‘hole-punch’ notch – a small hole in the top left-hand corner of the display which the selfie camera pokes through, the device is able to utilise full viewing of its large, FHD+ LCD 6.4” screen. 28 grams lighter than the iPhone XS Max, the View 20 provides a relatively light option without compromising on display size. Though lacking wireless charging, the View 10 is one of the fastest charging phones available with a 30 minute charge providing you with 60% of battery from 0.

Specs

  • 6.4in FHD+ LCD (398ppi) display
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 980 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB of RAM
  • 128 or 256GB storage
  • Magic UI 2 based on Android 9 Pie
  • Rear 48MP camera + 3D sensor, 25MP selfie-camera
  • Fingerprint scanner and 2D face unlock
  • Headphone socket, LTE, wifi, NFC, Bluetooth 5 and GPS (dual-sim available in some regions)
  • USC-C port for ultra-fast charging
  • 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm
  • 180g

‘Magic UI 2’ is the Honor’s take on the latest version of Android – 9 Pie. You’ll be able to choose from the traditional three-button navigation keys or a joystick-like navigation dock and gesture navigation. Out of the box, the View 20 features icons for every app on the homescreen, somewhat similar to Apple’s iOS. There is an option to enable the more traditional Android app drawer, though it comes with an button rather than the swiping gesture. Most notably, Magic UI 2 has added power-saving features that can extend battery life dramatically if needed.

Image result for magic ui 2.0

Featuring 2D face unlock, this feature may be lacking the same security provided by 3D face recognition, as featured on the latest iPhone devices. Where the View 20 may lack in facial recognition, is made up by the camera. Featuring a new 48 mega-pixel camera, one of the first on the market, paired with a secondary sensor, the View 20 can capture richly detailed shots. With prices starting at just £500, the Honor View 20 offers considerable features for a far lower price tag than competitors offering similar specs, including Samsung, Google and Apple.

For more information please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.  We are always more than happy to help!